Is it just me or is the water getting hotter?

If you Christians haven’t noticed yet, our cultural society here in America is changing faster than we can protest it.  Never mind the fact that what is promoted today from Hollywood is advocated tomorrow by society and found as scandal in church leadership the day after tomorrow.  How can this be and what are we doing “wrong”.  I believe I can answer that serious and oft debated question in one word – Assimilation.

 Throughout history, people groups or religious sects who have chosen to try and “get along”, assimilate and fit in with the ever-changing societies around them have inevitably disappeared or lost their identity.  Many leaders in today’s church practice the massaging and amending of commands and prohibitions in scripture in order to blend with the surrounding society.  This happens because surrounding society’s standards and morals have worked their way into the church via those with less than an absolute commitment to scripture and the call to holiness.  Now that divorce, pre-marital sex, bankruptcy, drunkenness, gluttony, GOSSIP, homosexuality, abortion and now same-sex marriage have worked their way into the participants of “Christian society”, many church leaders have been backing off the clearly stated principles of scripture in order to not offend and to, of course, keep those all-important tithe checks coming in.

This is the Frog in the boiling water which I equate with assimilation and “getting along”.  This is not the answer; it never was and never will be and will only result in us getting cooked in the process.  It is little business of ours what the world is practicing around us.  Our responsibility as Christians is to solidly maintain the preaching and practicing of scripture in our times of fellowship and worship together.  We then become examples and ministers of the Gospel of Christ and might even use words if necessary to minister that grace.  Those outside the church are frankly sick and tired of Christians protesting (for example) same-sex marriage when the divorce rate in the church is on par with the un-churched.  They see this as hypocritical and good reason to steer clear of Christians;  and frankly I agree with them.  In light of this, the church is perceived to have lost the moral high ground and replaced it with our high horse.

 We need to get our own house in order and live out the Gospel in unity with our brothers across all denominational lines.  Then and perhaps only then (according to John 17) will the world come to know or even care that Christ has come.  Get out of the ever-increasing hot water of the world that is slowly boiling away any deep care for the Gospel.  See yourself as being in “life boats”, in the world but not of it, always watching and available to pull those to safety when they cry out for help.

 So after the Supreme Court basically struck down the definition of marriage today, what should be our response?  Protest, play along, placate, praise the PC move towards “equality” or pray.  If the un-churched are not “seeing the light”, be wise as you consider whether it’s because their eyes are closed or you light is going out because you have tried to blend in and not “stand out”.

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Ignorant blind bliss!

Two tragic deaths occurred in the past few days in Texas.  Both of these preventable deaths happened under the cover of darkness – one literally and the other both literally and figuratively.  Under a moon light sky, several teens were playing and celebrating the birthday of a friend on the grounds of the National Ranching Heritage Center on the campus of Texas Tech University.  Somehow one of the young men impaled himself on the horn of a bronze statue of a Texas longhorn bull and bled to death.

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The other, more costly death (in terms of quantity), was the defeat of a bit of legislation being voted on in the Texas capital last night.  This bill would have limited late-term abortions, restricted the use of chemical abortions and reinforce the requirement for viewing ultrasounds prior to the performing of an abortion.  Due to a 10 hour filibuster by a female legislator and constant interruptions by the protestors, the vote was not completed until 12:03.  Unfortunately (for God knows how many babies) that was 3 minutes too late according to the rules in spite of the 2/3 majority who voted in favor of the bill.  This death was greeted by the uproarious cheers of thousands of protestors.

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If I can distill this down to the brutal bare bones for us all.  These people, mostly women, want to be able to kill babies at ever-increasing ages (ultimately to include post birth “choice”), do it by the most painful means available (chemicals) and not be required to look at what they are killing.  This is responsibility on par with putting a blindfold on an adolescent, putting a loaded gun in his hands and telling him to start shooting.  If you people (yes I said “you people”) are so convinced you are in the right, why would you ever have a problem looking your baby in the eyes (which by the way are open around 26 weeks and detecting light) before you feed him/her some poisonous brew or cut them into pieces to be sucked into the trash.  But instead you scream and fight for that blindfold so you can remain “ignorant and blissful”.

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